Urgency of Equity: Ending Racism in Youth Serving Institutions

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Coralville
1220 1st Avenue
Coralville, IA 52241

The Johnson County Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee and the City of Iowa City Human Rights and Equity Department, along with the University of Iowa Public Policy Center are teaming up to host the 2018 Spring Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference: “Urgency for Equity: Focusing on Youth-Serving Institutions” on April 19, 2018. 

This conference will highlight and offer best practices for youth serving institutions who have substantial disparities and disproportionality in their systems. Every year we work to bring this broad group together to provide information, new opportunities, and change organizations to make data driven decisions and not just own up to the disparities, but to implement and monitor change in reduction of youth of color in their systems.

We will be hosting two nationally renowned keynote speakers, Monique W. Morris, co founder of the National Black Women's Justice Institute and the author of Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century, and Push Out: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. As well as Michael Benitez Jr., activist-scholar, practitioner, and educator, with extensive experience in diversity issues in higher education. There will also be breakout sessions addressing disproportionality in Juvenile Justice, Education, City & County Government Departments, Health, Child Welfare, and Social Services.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact LaTasha DeLoach in advance at ldeloach@co.johnson.ia.us.